An Energy Barn™ is a newly built steel-framed building of approximately 150x65 ft., with a concrete foundation. The electricity storage system housed inside the building consists of racks of lithium-ion batteries, inverters and transformers. The Energy Bar™ is connected to the electricity distribution system of UK Power Network (UKPN), Southern and Scottish Southern Power Distribution (SSE), Electricity North West (ENW), Northern Powergrid (NPG), SP Manweb or Western Power Distribution (WPD) at 11, 33, 66 or 132kV with switchgear in a small substation.
The batteries store electricity, charging from the grid and then feeding electricity back again when it is needed in the area. In so doing the Energy Barn™ provides an important balancing service to the grid, which helps keep the lights on in the UK.
The process to get an Energy Barn™ on your land is straightforward. Green Hedge funds all applications at no cost to you, and manages the whole process from start to finish. As a landowner, you receive multiple benefits:
Once the battery storage is installed, we will pay you an attractive annual rental fee of £20,000, inflation-linked. During the pause in new solar and wind farm development, the Energy Barn is a way for landowners to create new long-term income to secure the viability of farming operations.
Landowners receive free ownership of the barn after 25 years. The Energy Barn™ is a high quality building with a long lifespan. Depending on available grid capacity, several energy barns could potentially be installed on one site.
The Energy Barn is a social good, as battery storage helps keep the lights on and allows the grid to accommodate more renewable energy generation in the UK.
The Energy Barn building has a rural appearance and does not contribute to the industrialisation of the countryside. It just looks like you got a newly built barn (and you did!).
Currently some other developers in the market are pushing distributed diesel generation on greenfield land. Unlike diesel generators, battery storage emits no pollution and does not require constant traffic to deliver fuel. It also has a much longer lifetime.
Hosting an Energy Barn entails insignificant loss of acreage given its small footprint (less than half an acre). It’s also compatible with future renewables projects as it may be possible to share the same substation. The Energy Barn lets you keep all doors open.
If all this sounds too good to be true: many otherwise good sites will not have a viable grid connection. To find out if yours does, contact us and authorise us to make an application now – at no cost or obligation to you. Don’t lose out by waiting too long - as for wind or solar projects, the opportunity may disappear as the grid fills up in your area.
We are looking in most areas of England which still have spare capacity to connect to the grid. Due to grid constraints, there is currently limited potential in East Anglia and South Wales.
Green Hedge is a leading developer and operator of low carbon electricity generation and storage projects. Our Energy Storage division has created the pioneering Energy Barn™. and works closely with the wider Green Hedge group, distribution partners and with world-leading technology providers to develop and deliver best-in-class energy storage projects that benefit both landowners and the UK energy system at large. Located in a flood zone 2 or 3 (flood zone 1 is acceptable)
With a track record of developing over 200 megawatts of large-scale solar PV systems to date, and a leading position in the emerging UK energy storage industry , Green Hedge has the in-house expertise , supplier base and commercial and technical know-how required to deliver professionally developed energy storage projects.
The Green Hedge Management Team (executive directors) are supported by our in-house team of engineers, commercial, legal and planning professionals who find sites, liaise with landowners, and design and seek all applicable permissions and consents required to build and operate energy storage projects.
Paulina is responsible for accounting, invoicing and other financial and operational matters across O&M and the wider group. A long-serving member of the team, Paulina joined Green Hedge in 2011 and has helped the group grow in the 5 years since. Prior to Green Hedge, Paulina worked in the accounts department at London based Telecommunication Company BusinessMobiles.com. She holds a degree in Corporate Accounting and Finance from Wroclaw School of Banking, Faculty of Finance and Management.
Roland is responsible for planning and project consents at Green Hedge. Starting his career in building surveying, Roland has subsequently acquired over 10 years of planning experience – first as a planning officer at Swindon Borough Council and then as Head of Planning at Green Hedge. In addition to a expert understanding of the planning process, he also has extensive experience of working with local communities to inspire support for low carbon developments. Roland holds a degree in town and country planning from the UWE.
Robin has been responsible for securing viable grid connections, designing the substation, and working with the DNOs to connect within budget and on time.
Since joining GH in 2012, Robin has led the grid connection design, installation and operations of over 110 MW of solar parks in the UK. Achieved ICP accreditation for 11kV and 33kV design work. Served as Technical Director of solar O&M business (until summer 2017), supervising high voltage work on site and managing field force of electricians.
Andres applies for all grid connections and liaises with DNOs. He has applied for over 800 grid connections (10 GW) for GH energy storage projects.
Andres holds an MEng and MSc and is experienced in AutoCAD & specialist software packages. Prior to (and outside) Green Hedge, he has designed over 200MW of solar parks which 50MW are operational (incl. the first 5 MW solar farm in Scotland), for some of which he was the onsite project delivery manager.
Matthieu does most of our second-by-second modelling (using Python and Panda), analysing frequency and various different proportional response profiles. Matthieu also analyses balancing services markets and wholesale power prices. He holds an MSc from one of the top French engineering schools and worked as a graduate in EDF’s R&D facility on steam turbine optimisation.
Emma Pickard, of multi-disciplinary consultancy Amec Foster Wheeler (Bristol), has a long standing relationship with Green Hedge. She has successfully worked on their energy barn projects, obtaining the company’s first planning permission for a scheme in West Sussex. Previously, Emma managed Green Hedge’s planning applications for large-scale solar schemes. Emma is an RTPI member and is experienced in managing the development and consents process for proposals from inception through to construction.